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By Mona Shadia | March 29, 2010
A proposal to build a luxury corporate jet hangar at John Wayne Airport has been delayed. Although Newport Beach-based Legacy Aviation never officially submitted a plan, the company placed the project on hold from its end, Costa Mesa city officials said Monday. Calls to Richard M. Janisse, executive vice president of Legacy Aviation, were not returned. Legacy Aviation introduced its project to the Costa Mesa City Council during a study session earlier this month. Janisse told the council the project would bring more than $300,000 in property taxes to Costa Mesa and $1.7 million to the county, which owns and operates JWA. It’s not clear why Legacy Aviation placed the project on hold, but the proposal was met with hurdles from the beginning.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Showtime cameras rolled live Friday night at the OC Fair & Event Center. Five mixed martial arts fighters on the televised card followed suit by rolling through their respective opponents with ease. M-1 Global promotions' Challenge 26 was far from a test for each of the fighters shown on the premium cable channel. Four of them won by knockout at the Hangar, one by unanimous decision. Some used traditional left- and right-handed punches to drop their opponent.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | August 15, 2013
COSTA MESA - Fighters came out in red and blue T-shirts with numbers on the back of them during the introduction portion of Fight Club OC on Thursday. A sports drink brand sponsored the professional boxing and mixed martial arts event, but in the fight game, the only numbers that count are the wins and losses in a fighter's record. The numbers on the T-shirts belonged to professional athletes in other sports. The fighters in the red corner sported Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout's No. 27 and the blue New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's No. 87. One fighter continued the football theme inside the hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | March 24, 2010
Editor's note: This corrects an earlier version. A proposed hangar for luxury corporate jets that use John Wayne Airport would mean at least $300,000 a year in property taxes for Costa Mesa. The problem is the proposal by Newport Beach-based Legacy Aviation could go against Costa Mesa’s commitment to preventing the airport’s footprint from expanding. Costa Mesa is one of six Corridor City Coalition communities most affected by the traffic and noise from takeoffs and landings at JWA. But Richard M. Janisse, executive vice president of Legacy Aviation, argues that the proposal would cut noise from private jets by as much as half because corporate jets that pick up and drop off Orange County business professionals would not make extra trips to the airports in Long Beach, Palm Springs or other locations where the airplanes are stored.
NEWS
By Steve Beazley | July 14, 2010
How big is your heart? There are two answers, one physical, one emotional. I'll take the first, you the second. Make a fist. You heart is about that size. Now pump your fist two times, pause, two times, pause, etc. That is your heart beating. Now the second, how big is your heart? We'll return to this in a moment. It's the Orange County Fair's 120th birthday! Since the birth of the fair at Bristol Street and Edinger Avenue, the fair has aged beautifully and become the matriarch of our county, welcoming the community to recreate, relax and restore themselves to better meet life's challenges and opportunities.
SPORTS
David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 1, 2010
TUSTIN — Inside a 17-story hangar, Tim Toone stood next to the Goodyear blimp for the first time. He never saw one hover above football games at Weber State when he played at the school in Ogden, Utah. Toone said he now knows why after talking to the blimp's pilot, Matthew St. John. "He just told me it's too high [an] elevation," Toone said. "He can't make it up there." Before chiming in Thursday on how high the airship can fly, St. John laughed. Another reason why the blimp has not cruised above Weber State is the college is not a football powerhouse.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
Competing in his first pro fight, Steffan Lugo grew anxious to step into the ring March 18. But then Lugo became nervous and developed negative thoughts as he waited in the locker room at the Hangar at OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. Lugo, a former Newport Harbor High water polo player, didn't like the feeling when his fight went from the third of the night and was moved to the second to the last bout. "I was sitting there for four and a half hours," Lugo said Thursday before starting his shift as a waiter at the Pelican Grill in Newport Coast.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | October 19, 2012
She did it again. Lil Spitzer , executive director of the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, produced what many called "the party of the year" Oct. 13 in the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Spitzer joined forces with community philanthropist Renetta Caya , returning once again as gala chairwoman for the 2012 Beckstrand Cancer Foundation's ninth annual Diamond and Pearl Ball. Here is the most impressive news of all: Donations are expected to pass the $1-million mark in net proceeds.
NEWS
By John Moorlach | March 24, 2010
The Daily Pilot’s March 23 article, “Proposal causes riddle,” revolves around whether the proposed Legacy Aviation Center hangar increases the footprint of John Wayne Airport. My office has made a preliminary review of their proposal. Although it is not yet before the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the legislative body that oversees our county’s airport, I want to be on the record that I do not support the proposal at this time. Allow me to address the history of this recent proposition, the process and the semantics.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | February 25, 2011
Luis Salgado sat in the corner, battered and bruised. He still wore a big smile because he remained undefeated. After the mixed martial arts fighter's second match of his career, Salgado delivered what the crowd at the Fight Club OC wanted Thursday night. He knocked someone out. He raised his fists and pumped them to the 1,568 fans, making the money they spent to get into the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center worthwhile. Most fans root to see someone go down hard. Fight Club OC finally delivered one in its debut in front of a sold-out crowd in Costa Mesa.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | August 15, 2013
COSTA MESA - Fighters came out in red and blue T-shirts with numbers on the back of them during the introduction portion of Fight Club OC on Thursday. A sports drink brand sponsored the professional boxing and mixed martial arts event, but in the fight game, the only numbers that count are the wins and losses in a fighter's record. The numbers on the T-shirts belonged to professional athletes in other sports. The fighters in the red corner sported Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout's No. 27 and the blue New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's No. 87. One fighter continued the football theme inside the hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013
The OC Fair has announced this summer's lineup for the Hangar, an aviation-style venue at the center of the Costa Mesa fairgrounds that hosts bands, celebrity chefs and even Lucha Libre wrestling. The schedule for 2013, released Tuesday, begins July 12 with "Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles" and continues each day of the fair through Aug. 11. Among the other acts are tributes to David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and others, along with original artists including Ozomatli and Common Sense.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 7, 2013
COSTA MESA - On a night Fight Club OC celebrated its first card with professional women mixed martial arts and boxing bouts, a man who called himself "Repo Ric" tried to steal Thursday's show. He came dressed in as much glitter you see during a showgirls event in Las Vegas. Repo Ric wore several hats at the OC Fair & Event Center, from matchmaker to cut man to dancer. He almost stood out more than the boxers and MMA fighters in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,452. The event inside the Hangar featured nine bouts, two of them women fights, and the headline fighter's nickname was "Beauty Salon.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | October 19, 2012
She did it again. Lil Spitzer , executive director of the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, produced what many called "the party of the year" Oct. 13 in the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Spitzer joined forces with community philanthropist Renetta Caya , returning once again as gala chairwoman for the 2012 Beckstrand Cancer Foundation's ninth annual Diamond and Pearl Ball. Here is the most impressive news of all: Donations are expected to pass the $1-million mark in net proceeds.
SPORTS
June 6, 2012
After Ramon Valadez was bumped up to Fight Club OC's main event two months ago, he was supposed to be the headliner at Fight Club OC on Thursday. But Valadez (11-1, six knockouts), a super featherweight from East L.A., is out as the main attraction at the six-bout pro boxing and mixed martial arts card, which starts at 7:30 p.m. inside the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Filling in as the main event will be Los Angeles' Brandon Adams (5-0, 3 KOs) against Long Beach's Cleven Ishe (3-6-1, 1 KO)
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Showtime cameras rolled live Friday night at the OC Fair & Event Center. Five mixed martial arts fighters on the televised card followed suit by rolling through their respective opponents with ease. M-1 Global promotions' Challenge 26 was far from a test for each of the fighters shown on the premium cable channel. Four of them won by knockout at the Hangar, one by unanimous decision. Some used traditional left- and right-handed punches to drop their opponent.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | June 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — You can now watch fights while smoking a cigar in Costa Mesa. Fight Club OC on Thursday night unveiled its cigar lounge, located next to the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. The Hangar's large doors opened after the opening bout, just in time to break out a victory cigar for the first winning fighter. In all, there were four cigars to hand out to fighters from Orange County. One fighter from out of town deserved a Cuban. Antonio Orozco has been a human victory cigar in the boxing ring, but the Mexican-born fighter was not going to celebrate by lighting up a cigar.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | May 4, 2011
It was an evening of illumination. The 2011 PBS SoCal gala on Saturday evening attracted a crowd of nearly 500 guests converging upon the Orange County Fair & Event Center's hangar building in Costa Mesa. Co-chairs of the mega successful party Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ardelle St. George themed the fourth annual gala "Illumination," and they pulled out all the stops. Arriving at dusk for a hosted cocktail reception, guests were entertained by a series of Cirque performers including acrobats, dancers, mimes, stilt walkers and fire twirlers.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
Competing in his first pro fight, Steffan Lugo grew anxious to step into the ring March 18. But then Lugo became nervous and developed negative thoughts as he waited in the locker room at the Hangar at OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. Lugo, a former Newport Harbor High water polo player, didn't like the feeling when his fight went from the third of the night and was moved to the second to the last bout. "I was sitting there for four and a half hours," Lugo said Thursday before starting his shift as a waiter at the Pelican Grill in Newport Coast.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | February 25, 2011
Luis Salgado sat in the corner, battered and bruised. He still wore a big smile because he remained undefeated. After the mixed martial arts fighter's second match of his career, Salgado delivered what the crowd at the Fight Club OC wanted Thursday night. He knocked someone out. He raised his fists and pumped them to the 1,568 fans, making the money they spent to get into the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center worthwhile. Most fans root to see someone go down hard. Fight Club OC finally delivered one in its debut in front of a sold-out crowd in Costa Mesa.
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